Albuquerque may not be L.A., but New Mexico's largest city is home to "Breaking Bad," the AMC series that is both shot and set here. It returns to the small screen Aug. 11. Plus Albuquerque Studios, where parts of "The Lone Ranger" were filmed recently and "The Avengers" was filmed a couple of years ago, is among the nation's biggest production facilities (not open to the public), so visitors can immerse themselves in this high-desert Hollywood. The tab: Airfare excluded, a two-night getaway will cost about $500, including lodging at Hotel Parq Central, a trolley tour for two and a meal at the restaurant that "Bad" fans know as Los Pollos Hermanos.
Some may find the acclaimed TV show's protagonist — chemistry teacher-turned-meth-maker Walter White (Bryan Cranston) — unstable, so checking in to the Parq Central (806 Central Ave. S.E.;  242-0040), a former mental hospital, seems an ideal fit. Built in 1926 along Route 66, the hotel looks much the same as it did when it housed patients. Guests who want to splurge can book a room in the former doctors quarters, a separate building with a shared living room where on-call physicians once lounged. In the warmer months, guests can enjoy drinks at the Apothecary Lounge on the rooftop patio.